Love Your Mother [Earth]

The one thing that bothers me about the new “green” movement is that doing normal, healthy, sustainable things is now trendy.  If you know only one thing about me, it should be how much I hate doing what everyone else is doing.  It makes my skin crawl.  That said, I’m not going to stop recycling and using reusable bags just because that’s now the “in” thing to do.

So I tried to find meaningful things to do for Earth Day, but also remind the boys that these are things we should be doing every day.

We ticked off several things that have been on the to-do list for a while, calling them Earth Day activities.

We repotted the herbs (they already look so much healthier that I think this may be the first year since we left Virginia that my basil will survive the summer!)  We planted some new herbs in the small pots.  We tended to our beloved orange tree.  We [FINALLY!] bought bird seed for the feeder.  I expected the three boys to get filthy while digging in the dirt, but they didn’t (and I was both disappointed and relieved.)  Boy Blue and Little Red loved having their own shovels and transferring dirt from one pot to another.  Daytime Brother, the one whom I expected to dive into the soil with wild abandon, was so excited to finally be out on the back porch that he just ran around, stopping at the gardening stuff only long enough to break a pot (which I wasn’t using anyway and wouldn’t have let him have if I would have cried at the destruction.)

As it was Wednesday, it happened to be recycling day.  I would have taken up the recycling bin to the curb even if it wasn’t earth day, but it was fun to say “I’m recycling on Earth Day.”

In the afternoon, at Alyson‘s suggestion, I made Earth Crayons.

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They didn’t quite turn out as I had hoped.  I guess when you’re using all the broken crayons in the box, you learn quickly that different crayons melt at different speeds!  The upsidedown view (on the left) is earth-like, and the rightsideup view (on the right) is … mountainous?  😉

Because all our “earth day” activities are things I would have done anyway, I’m glad that I have more things on the list.  (The succulents, for example, still need attention, and I want to clean out the cigarette butts from the lavender garden I planted outside my door last year.)  These are the things that make me feel more connected with the world.  These are things that make me happy.  These are things I’d do even if there wasn’t an Earth Day (but I’m glad there is.)

3 thoughts on “Love Your Mother [Earth]

  1. Can you colour with them? Or are they just for show?

    The intention was to colour with them. Unfortunately, they were a bit crumbly. 😦

  2. I hate being in the middle of an indefinite move. Can’t really plant a garden cuz who knows if we’ll be here in a month. Can’t compost cuz buyers have a thing against rotting vegetables in the backyard. I haven’t even been recycling as I should be (although that one is mostly my own fault…). Anyway, I miss having the freedom to love mother earth as I do! I hope we find out soon what our future holds!

  3. so sorry about the crayons. 😦

    Oh, don’t be! It was a great learning experience. Next time I won’t just use all the broken pieces of different brands. And I’ll use a real paper cup instead of cupcake papers. And I’ll probably heat the oven higher — my oven is not so good. I will definitely be making these again!

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